– Hey it’s Jake with In this video I’m gonna give you a tour of a church plant that has
done a really great job of building a high quality
audio visual and lighting system on a really low budget. Yesterday, I went and
visited my friend Josh Shaw, he’s the lead pastor at Lighthouse Church in Lakewood Colorado and
Lighthouse is a new church plant, they’re only like two years old. They started in this
little warehouse space and then they were
meeting in a high school. They were set up and tear
down church every week and just a few weeks ago they were able to have the opportunity
to be able to move in to a more permanent church building, to be able to have worship on Sundays and then also have their offices there throughout the week and
they don’t have to do any set up and tear down
on the weekends anymore. So I went to go visit Josh
and we recorded a podcast which hopefully you can
listen to pretty soon here when I launch the Churchfront podcast. And I thought it would be a good idea to bring my camera along, kind of show you what they’re doing at their church, to take an old, very old church building, well I guess not very
old compared to some, but older building built
in like the 50s or 60s, or 70s, somewhere in
there, hasn’t been really updated since then. They’ve taken this old
building and they’re trying to transform it to be like, you
know, relevant to modern day culture in a welcoming
space for new people who are visiting their church. (slow music) Alright, so I’m in Lakewood, Colorado, visiting my friend Josh,
we’re gonna record a podcast and he’s gonna give me a tour
of the new church building his church moved into. There he is, the man of the hour. How’s it going, man? – Hey. – [Jake] Hey, new roof up here. – [Josh] It’s still not
fixed, still not fixed. – [Jake] What happened there? – Freakin’ hail, bro. – [Jake] Oh, hail storm. – [Josh] Literally massive. – [Jake] Oh my gosh. – [Josh] Just massive balls of ice. – We get some pretty nasty
hail storms here in Colorado and tornadoes. – The church was planted
in like 1940-something and Presbyterians built buildings and then they would start churches. And so, what they did
is, they literally built this half of the building,
and I’ll show you like, there’s a super old sanctuary in there. Very bright pink. It’s wonderful. Built the building, presbyterian church. It grew. It grew so fast that like, 20 years later, they went from a building that
sat, like literally 80 people to the sanctuary, which
we’ve done a ton of stuff to, but it used to sit about 350. And they went from, like a hundred people, until 1980-something they
had over 1200 people coming. Three services, super innovative for a presbyterian church. And then in the 90s, something happened. Like, no one knows, like
I’ve not been told anything. All I know is that it went from 1200 to, in 15 years, 50. And they said to us, that
they want the building, they basically said like,
we want the Easter story of our church to be that, as we die new life comes from that, which is us and we’re the new church that takes over. – [Jake] It’s kind of
like, Vegas wedding chapel. – [Josh] Yeah, totally. Yeah. – [Jake] One thing I really admire about Josh’s leadership and what
they’ve done at Lighthouse, is that they’ve really had
to bootstrap the church plan. They didn’t have a bunch of
money, like tens of thousands, or hundred thousands of
dollars, to launch a church. They had to start with very
little and Josh went out and raised the funds, and
then he’s been able to, like, build the church,
you know, both obviously getting people to come there. But then also, the
infrastructure of the church that you’ll see in a minute. He’s been able to build
those things on a relatively lower budget. – Because they’re too close together so you can’t really like… You can’t get out of a pew
unless someone gets out. They’re so close. Up here, for confidence monitors. – It’s like an IMAX experience in here. – [Josh] That’s all our church. – How big is this screen? – I think maybe it’s 18 feet wide and 13 and a half feet tall. It’s a 16:9 one, so it’s a big screen. – It’s huge. – So there’s a company
called Carl’s Projection. – OK. And you can make your
own projection screens. – I think I’ve seen that online. – They’ll sell you the screen. – Yeah. – And then they will sell
you cornered ends of metal. – And you go get the pipe at Home Depot? – And you go get it cut and you build it. – OK. – And that screen. – Was it like 400 bucks? – [Josh] This package was $699. – Oh, OK. – [Josh] Because we’ve got
the rear projection package. If we got a front
projection package white, it would’ve been like, $399. – Wow. – [Josh] The screen,
which is more expensive, because we do rear projection. OK. Yeah. Wow. – So, we got the screen and the ends, and the schematics for it, for
like 600 or 400 some bucks, and then the rest of the
piping took a day to cut. – [Jake] Wow. – And then the rest of it,
that cost us 150 bucks. So we literally got a
functional like you know, 15 foot screen, fills an entire sanctuary for less than a thousand dollars. Because there was no stage here. – [Jake] Yeah. – We’re extending the stage out
another four feet next week. – And Josh was telling me
about how they installed the whole audio system themselves. Like, they put up the new speakers. They created all their cabling. He got a good deal on a lot of the gear because he has a friend who
works for an audio company and was able to basically get
everything for them at costs. So that saved them a lot of money as well. – And we installed all of it ourselves. We built all of our own cables. So, we didn’t buy any Cat5s. We made all of them,
made all of our own XLRs, made all of our own PowerCons. – [Jake] Wow. – And it took us a week
and a half and we installed the entire sound system
and the lighting system, all LEDs, all running on
Luminare, on an iPad app. Everything is completely
digital and WiFi based, and it only cost us a full
sound lighting system, for a church, that can functionally, if we ran three services,
we’d be right around, a thousand people and it
only cost us about $7500 for the entire thing. There’s one and then they,
this signal gets ran to one of our routers. – [Jake] K. – And this guy’s a DMX
out and it gets sent to all of our lights and we
have an iPad in the back. And the iPad runs all of
our scenes for our lights. We’ve got movers, everything,
it memorizes all of that on scenes. There we go. – [Jake] Yeah. (echoed music) – [Josh] There it is, you’ve got more – [Jake] Yeah. – [Josh] Delay and then I think you’ve got some compressors and
you’ve got a EQ as well. – So, overall, Josh was
telling me that like, they were able to
basically put in this great audio, video and lighting
system for less than $8000 which, you know, sounds like
a lot, but in the world of tech and gear and production,
that’s like, nothing. That’s like, you usually pay
someone $8000 just to come install your projector and
screen or something like that, because labor costs so much. I’ve been in churches where they’ve spent a half a million dollars
on basically achieving the same thing. So, I just hope your take away from this, I know my take away is just
a reminder of like, man, you do not have to spend
hundreds of thousand or even tens of thousands of dollars to have amazing production
equipment at your church. Like there’s so many ways,
if you do the research and you just shop around
and you just learn how this stuff works, you can figure out how to do it on your
own, and save your church and your ministry a bunch of money. So thank you Josh, if you’re
watching this, for taking time to give me a tour and also
the Church Front community, a tour of your space. I love what you guys are
doing at Lighthouse Church. If you want to learn
about Lighthouse Church, go to You can learn all about
the church and follow their social accounts and such, so. Yet again, if this video’s
helpful for you and your ministry hit that like button. Share it with other folks
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to help you grow yourself and grow your church. OK. – [Josh] We haven’t hung those yet.



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